Paul Ryan

Francis Underwood Responds to Gitmo Plan

Ryan's "House of Ideas" is now regarding Gitmo. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is pulling out a secret weapon to drum up opposition to President Barack Obama's plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: President Francis Underwood.  

The speaker's office released animated GIFs on Wednesday with the fictional "House of Cards" POTUS played by Kevin Spacey entitled, “President Underwood Responds to President Obama.”  

'House of Cards' Returns Right in Time for Recess

Ellmers and Kelly. (Courtesy of Ellmers' Twitter page)

The fourth season of devious Francis Underwood’s Washington charade was released on Friday. With the real House out this week, you should have plenty of time to binge-watch the latest season of "House of Cards."  

On Friday, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., tweeted a link and photograph for his agenda, or as he likes to call it, “House of Ideas.”

Speakers of the House -- Where They Lived

Ryan lives a short sprint from the Capitol in his office in the Longworth House Office Building. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speakers of the House have often lived in places to see and be seen.  

The area that is now around Metro Center, the White House and downtown was the place to live as a speaker in the 1860s, the time period for which we first have reliable data to map where speakers lay their heads. Schuyler Colfax, R-Ind., James Gillespie Blaine, R-Maine, and Michael Crawford Kerr, D-Ind., all lived within walking distance of the White House, making meetings with the president easy, as well as places to find an after-work beverage. Colfax lived on Lafayette Square, Blaine was on 15th Street NW near where the McPherson Square Metro stop is now and Kerr was based at the Willard.  

Profiles in Whatever

Ryan speaks out on bigotry in genuine moment of leadership. But he still plans to support the GOP nominee. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

It's not often we see Paul Ryan angry, and it's unheard of for any House speaker go to the podium to denounce the remarks of his own party's front-runner for the presidential nomination.  

Ryan looked genuinely pained as he read his prepared remarks to state what ought to be the obvious in 2016: "If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games: They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry.”  

A Post-Boehner Era Ash Wednesday

Boehner spoke about Ash Wednesday in his first speech after taking the speaker's gavel in 2011. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In former Speaker John A. Boehner’s first speech after taking the gavel in January 2011, he referred to Ash Wednesday in an attempt to humble Congress.  

“In the Catholic faith, we enter into a season of service by having ashes marked on our foreheads,” the Ohio Republican said. “The ashes remind us that life in all its forms is fragile — our time on this Earth, fleeting. As the ashes are delivered, we hear those humbling words: ‘Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’” He continued: “The American people have humbled us.  They have refreshed our memories as to just how temporary the privilege to serve is.”  

Alicia Keys Sends Speaker Ryan a Valentine

Ryan said the House would hold votes on the criminal justice legislation that the Judiciary Committee passed. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Musician Alicia Keys is making a plea to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., in hopes he will schedule a vote on criminal justice policy.  

Keys posted a video “Justice Reform Now ” to YouTube on Thursday, opening with a flirtatious, “Can I call you Paul?” She said she saw a picture of the speaker working out and figured he was “cool.”  

Heritage Action Announces 2016 Summit Speakers

Ryan will keynote the Feb. 3 policy summit. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 Heritage Action for America conservative policy summit — scheduled for Feb. 3, between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries — will include more than 20 Republican lawmakers, featuring a keynote from Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. “Speaker Ryan shares Heritage Action’s desire to unite the conservative movement around policies ideas that will provide opportunity for all Americans and favoritism to none,” Heritage Action Communications and Government Relations Vice President Dan Holler said.  

Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., will also address the third annual summit  hosted by the advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation.